Eyemouth Museum’s recent Open Day was a roaring success with nearly 140 people visiting to commemorate the anniversary of the Great East Coast Fishing Disaster.
Visitors had access to the museum, archives and the new interactive recreation of Eyemouth’s 16th century fort.
Museum co-ordinator Lynne Bogle explained: “It was wonderful to see so many people in the museum. People of all ages were interested to see how trustees and volunteers care for Eyemouth’s collection. It was especially encouraging to see so many children who were all very curious about the artefacts we hold and how they were used in the past. We were all delighted to see such enthusiasm.”
The museum is nearing the end of a two year project which was possible due to a Coastal Communities Fund grant.
“It has been a very busy and rewarding two years” said Lynne. “We have had tremendous support from everyone who can see how important it is to keep the museum open and active in the community. I feel it is vitally important the town’s artefacts stay in Eyemouth and the museum trustees and volunteers do an excellent job looking after the collection”.
Following the withdrawal of financial support from Visit Scotland in 2012, the museum has also provided a tourist information service.
Lynne said: “As the first and last tourist information centre on the east coast of Scotland, we are very aware that we can make a big difference to how visitors view their stay. Tourists often say how friendly people are locally. The museum deals with over 11,000 tourism enquiries each season which is incredible.
“We are very grateful to the Coastal Communities Fund for the opportunity to progress various projects.”